Gratiot County Michigan



Obituaries & Deaths


The sad intelligence of the death of Geo. D. Barton, formerly a prominent citizen of this place, but recently of Filley, Nebraska, was received here by telegram yesterday morning.  He died at 9 o’clock Wednesday evening.   The cause of his death we are unable to ascertain at this writing.  He had just got nicely settled in his new home, where he was a general merchant, in company with M. D. Fuller, formerly a salesman for Wright, Schneider and Stuttz.  Mr. B. was a brother-in-law of A. W. Wright.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his death.
Alma Record October 23, 1885. The late George D. Barton, it has been learned since our announcement of last week, died of heart disease, with scarcely a moment’s warning.  He had been working busily during the day, and in the evening complained of pain in his chest, but nothing serious was apprehended. Within half an hour he was dead.  The news created profound sorrow here, where Mr. Barton has been so long and favorably known and bad attracted to himself so many friends, and has not yet ceased to be a general topic of conversation. Alma Record November 6, 1885

Alma Record December 25, 1885
Died, at his residence in this village, Friday morning after a painful illness of over three months.  J. E. Davidson, aged 60 years and 6 months.  Mr. D. was born in M. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio, June 17, 1825.  He moved to Michigan 32 years ago, and has been a resident of Alma over 20 yrs., settling here when the town was a small scattering set lemen’, and the surrounding country  almost a wilderness.  Being a good photographer he establish a paying business here, continuing in it until his death, although he relinquished the active management at the time his health began to fail him, about a year ago.  He was a member of the Masonic order, having belonged to the Alma lodge nearly 20 years.  He leaves a wife and six sons to mourn their loss.  The funeral was held from M. E. Church Sunday morning under the direction of the Masonic lodge of this place, a large number of the friends of the family being present.

DORAN, Soloman
Alma Record December 25, 1885
Soloman Doran was buried 17th.  He lived East of this place and died very suddenly.  Services at the Parson’s school house.

Wife of Leo Entrikin, was born at Ithaca, Mich., Aug. 14, 1892, and passed away Feb. 8, 1919, aged 25 years 5 months and 25 days. She died at Mercy hospital from pneumonia after an illness of eleven days. She is survived by the husband, two daughters, Elaine Catherine, aged 6 years, and Georgia Irene, aged 3 years, of Vandercook Lake, also her father, True Goodband of The Dalles, Ore., and three sisters, Mrs. Bert Haynes of Detroit, Mrs. Jessie Fulkerson of The Dalles, Ore., and Mrs. Alfred Lemuel of Bay City, Mich. 
Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (14 Feb. 1919) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

DAY, James
Alma Record December 25, 1885
Died in Fulton, Dec. 17, 1885, James Day aged 52.  He had been a great sufferer for a number of years and has finally passed over the dark river where there will be no more sin, no more sorrow.  Mr. Day has left a large family in destitute circumstances.|

KUEBU, Rosie
Died: On the morning of the 8th ult, Rosie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Kuebu, aged 3 years and 11 months.  Little Rosie, you have left us When your work had scarce begun. But we know that love bereft us.  Of the jewel Heaven has won.  We shall ask in vain for gladness, and your smiles to cheer our way.  Naught can banish hours of sadness while we grieve for you each day.   Mr. and Mrs. Kuebu to thank all those who so kindly aided them during the sickness of little Rosie.  
Alma Record December 25, 1885

Ithaca, Mich., Oct. 21 Mr. Moye died very suddenly last night of heart disease. This is a great shock to the family, as Mr. Moye was seemingly in good health. Mrs. Moye was visiting in Lansin, and was summoned by telegraph. The heart-stricken family have the sympathy of the community. 
Source: Grand Rapids Herald (22 Oct. 1898) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Formerly of this city, freight agent for the Lake Shore railway died Sunday evening at Ithaca, Mich. The remains will be buried at Fort Wayne, Ind., today. 
Source: Jackson Citizen (11 Dec. 1900) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

PALMER, Agnes May (Grove)
At 512 S. State Street,died Wednesday at Gratiot community hospital in Alma Mi, she was 70. Services will be Saturday at 1 pm at the Church of Nazarene in Saint Louis, James Adams offiiciateing. Agnes was born April 4, 1910 in Fairfeild Ohio. Mrs Palmer was the daughter of Arthur Perry Grove and Flossie Young Grove, she lived most part of her life in in Alma,she was a member of Nazarene church of Saint Louis, survived by her husband Ivan Palmer - 4 sons; Don, John, Rod, Roy four daughters Barbara, Jeannnette, Patricia, Gelenda -Agnes married in 1935. Services be held at Dewey Funneral home in Alma she also leaves three brothers Kenneth Perry Grove, Ernest Newton Grove, John Donald Jackson Grove, Mable, Olive, Ruth. 
Contributed by Kenneth Robert Grove

SAMPSON, William N.
St. Johns, Dec. 12. – William N. Sampson, court stenographer for the Clinton-Gratiot circuit, died at Ithaca, from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy received Saturday while engaged in packing his household goods, preparatory to removing to St. Johns. Mr. and Mrs. Sampson were going into a new home which had been built for them. Mr. Sampson was thirty-three years of age. 
Source: Grand Rapids Press (12 Dec. 1906) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

SMITH, Lydia

Formerly a resident of this city, died at her home near Ithaca, Mich. Mrs. Smith was about fifty-four years old and had spent many years in Grand Rapids. She leaves two brothers, Joseph and Edward Richards. There are three sisters, Mrs. Fred Howard, Mrs. Maude Lake and Mrs. J. W. Barnes of Indianapolis. The body will be brought here Tuesday afternoonand it will be taken from the train directly to Greenwood cemetery. 
Source: Grand Rapids Press (24 June 1912) transcribed by Marla Zwakma

VERNIER, Emaline (Herhberger)
For thirty years a resident of the community, passed away at the home of her son, Melvin Baker of Chippewa Lake, on Thursday of last week, and G. V. Wright was called to bring the remains to Alma for burial. Mrs. Vernier was eighty five years of age, but had been in excellent health until a few days before her death when a paralytic stroke prostrated her. The body rested at Wright’s Funeral Home until Saturday afternoon when the funeral was held at the Christian Church on East Superior street. Rev. Joseph Sherick conducted the rites and burial was made at Riverside cemetery. Mrs. Bertha Henton accompanied by her niece, Miss Bethel Yutzy, sang “Asleep in Jesus” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” appropriate numbers for the trusting soul just passed away. Many lovely flowers paid silent tribute to Mrs. Vernier and testified to the warm affection held for her among relatives and friends. The pall-bearers were three sons-in-law, George Dunlap, C. D. Edmunds and Hugh Ferguson, and three close friends, Daniel Zinn, Mr. Yutzy and Mr. Plott, the last two of Middleton. Emaline Hershberger was the daughter of Samuel and Lydia Hershberger and born on August 26th, 1847 in Indiana. Later she moved with her parents to Stark County, Ohio. In 1865 she married Peter Baker, who died some years later. She married again in 1882, and Silas Andrews was the second husband. From girlhood she was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren and maintained a quiet but unswerving faith until her death. She was an intelligent and interesting woman, and retained her interest in family and friends until her death, thus gaining the love and regard of all who knew her. Many in the community will hear of Mrs. Vernier’s death with regret. She lived in Alma for some years until the death of her husband and then made her home with her children about the state. She is survived by five children: Melvin Baker of Chippewa Lake; Charles Andrews of Arcada Township, Mrs. Altha Dunlap of Dimondale; Mrs. C. D. Edmunds of Pine River, and Mrs. Hugh Fergason of Detroit. There are also ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren 
Contributed by Rose Ann Husted from the Alma Record

WILBUR, Leonard
Died Aug 30 Mrs. Leonard Wiilber aged about 20 years.  She leaves a husband and two little children to mourn her loss.  Deceased was a daughter of Jonas Traster.
-- Alma Record September 11, 1885

WOOD, James
James Wood, an old pioneer of this section, departed this life on Wednesday, the 25 inst.  The deceased had been in ill health for some time past, but just previous to his death he had so improved as to be able to be around the premises.  The funeral services were held Friday forenoon last, and were conducted by Rev. King.  the deceased was 68 years and 11 months of age and was well known and respected in this vicinity. Alma Record July 3, 1885


Mrs. Holmes of whom mention was made in my last died Friday morning and was buried in the Brady burying ground Saturday afternoon.  Her husband has been dead a number of years. -- Alma Record October 16, 1885


On Thursday of last week Prosecuting Attorney J. L. Clark received the news of his father’s demise.  Mr. Clark was formerly a highly respected citizen of Ithaca, from which place he removed not many years since to Texas. Alma Record November 13, 1885


Died in Fulton, Nov. 8 Hiram Cowles aged 1 year and 4 months, son of Eber Cowles. Alma Record November 20, 1885